Two County Tyrone schools are set to benefit from an investment scheme in the coming months from the Department of Education’s minor works scheme.
St Joseph’s Grammar, Donaghmore will receive £216,000 investment, while Fivemiletown Primary School is set to benefit from nearly £500,000 investment.
Speaking about the funding announcement, Education Minister John O’Dowd said: “During November, my Department agreed investment of nearly £216,000 to refurbish three science labs at St Joseph’s, Donaghmore and an investment of almost £500,000 for an extension and refurbishment at Fivemiletown Primary School. A total of 81 minor works projects, amounting to over £8.4million were agreed in November bringing the total funding allocation this year to over £42million.
“This ongoing investment in the schools estate is having a positive impact on pupils, teachers and school staff and provides a much needed boost to the construction industry.” Work carried out under the minor works scheme ranges from minor repairs to more significant refurbishment projects. The Minister continued: “In August I announced an additional £10million for schools’ maintenance, bringing the total allocation to £47million for this financial year. Also, since last year, I have given approval to proceed with new school projects representing a potential investment in the region of £350million. I am confident that the ongoing substantial investment in minor works projects will help to improve educational standards.”